John S Kirk VIII

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Chemistry and Physics Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 334C Jarvis Hall-Science Wing
Phone: 715-232-2209
Email: kirkj@uwstout.edu

Research Interests: We are trying to harness the unique properties of nanomaterials to create robust sensors for compounds found in complex mixtures, for example glucose in whole blood. Silica colloid are small particles that are less than a few hundred nanometers in size. These particles can be deposited to form a well-organized colloidal crystal that has pore size of about the size of molecules. This is essentially a simple filter that excludes molecules and particles that are larger than the pore size. We are building our sensors out of these silica colloidal crystals and incorporating a second type of colloid: gold. Gold colloid has several unique properties as a result of it's nanoscale. This includes a beautiful intense red color that can change ever so slightly when molecules are close to the surface. In our mixed colloidal crystals, the silica colloid acts as a simple filter, while gold colloid acts as a sensing surface. Students work on this project are gaining an invaluable research experience grounded in interdisciplinary research, learning how to combine ideas from different areas of not just chemistry, but other sciences including materials science and surface science. As a Primarily Undergraduate Institution teaching an increasing number of students in cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields (e.g. biotechnology, nanoscience, others), we are often times hard-pressed for funding of the high-cost instrumentation and techniques that our students will use in their chosen profession. There is a critical need for training our future scientists and engineers in these areas to remain competitive in the evolving world economy. UW-Stout is in a unique position to explore an innovative solution to this problem that is faced by the majority of higher education institutions. In addition to engaging students in these high-tech areas of study, we have recently started a major in Game Design and Development that has attracted about 120 students in just two years. The major thrust of our proposed work would involve pairing groups of students in Game Design and Development courses with groups of students in courses of Nanoscience (and in similar interdisciplinary programs). These students would then develop games and/or simulations that incorporate advanced STEM topics on a level not normally addressed in their undergraduate studies. The positive aspects of this project range from broadening student learning through the game development process; to the production of an educational gaming product for higher education or the general public; to incorporating industrial partners interested in increasing exposure to their methods and products.

Education

    • Postdoctoral Research
      University of Iowa
      Iowa City, IA, 2008
    • Postdoctoral Research
      University of Arizona
      Tucson, AZ, 2006
    • Ph D Analytical Chemsitry
      University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
      Urbana, IL, 2005
    • BA Chemistry
      Coe College
      Cedar Rapids, IA, 2000

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin- Stout, Chemistry Department
        Associate Professor
        2012 -
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout, Chemistry Department
        Assistant Professor
        Present
      • University of Iowa, Chemistry Department
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        2006 - 2008
      • Coe College, Chemistry Department
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        Present
      • University of Illinois, Chemistry Department
        Teaching Assistant
        Present
      • Coe College, Chemistry Department
        Teaching Assistant
        Present

Intellectual Contributions

    Book

    • Fahlman, B. D., Bentley, A., Daubenmire, P., Kirk, J. S., Mury, M., & Purvis-Roberts, K. (In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted). Chemistry in Context, 9th Edition. , Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.

    Journal Article

    • Tang H., Kirk, J. S., & Pienta, N. J. Investigating the Effect of Complexity Factors in Stoichiometry Problems Using Logistic Regression and Eye Tracking. Journal of Chemical Education, 7(91), 969-975.
    • Berg, R., Brand, A., Grant, J. E., Kirk, J. S., & Zimmerman, T. A. Leveraging Recording Mini-Lectures to Increase Student . Online Classtoom , 14(2), Magna Publishing .
    • Kirk, J. S., & Javener, M. Conceptual Lithography Using Inexpensive Materials. University of Wisconsin-Stout Journal of Student Research(12), 107-114.
    • Schuttlefield, J. D., Kirk, J. S., Pienta, N. J., & Tang, H. Problem Difficulty in Ideal Gas Law Problems. Journal of Chemical Education(89), 586-591.
    • Kirk, J. S., Sweedler, J. V., & Bohn, P. W. Nanofluidic Injection and Heterogeneous Kinetics of Organomercaptan Adsorption to Colloidal Gold in a Microfluidic Stream. Analytical Chemistry(78), 2335-2341.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Bohn, P. W. Surface Adsorption and Transfer of Organomercaptans to Colloidal Gold and Direct Identification by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Journal of the American Chemical Society(126), 5920-5926.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Mury, M., Daubenmire, P., Kirk, J. S., & McKenzie, L. (June, 2015). . Chemistry in Context 8th Edition, Workshop for Instructors, Chicago, IL.
    • Palof, T., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2015). Nano Colloidal Silica and Gold Matrix eDNA Detector. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Cheney, WA.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Berg, R. (October, 2014). Flipped Classes. UW-Stout Learning Technology Services Professional Development Series, Menomonie, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Berg, R. (October, 2014). Student-Prouced Videos. UW-Stout Learning Technology Services Professional Development Series, Menomonie, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S. (August, 2014). Enabling Context by Flipping with Recorded Mini-Lectures. Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI.
    • Havholm, K., Andrews, Chan, C., Kirk, J. S., & Lanter (March, 2014). Building and Sustaining Connections: Establishment of the Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR). Council on Undergraduate Research Summit for State Systems and Consortia, Alexandria, VA.
    • Matthes, D., Kirk, J. S., & Bessen, M. (February, 2014). . Active Learning and Flipped Classroom Strategies, Menomonie, WI.
    • Berg, R., & Kirk, J. S. (February, 2014). Leveraging Recorded Mini-Lectures to Increase Student Learning. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Virtual Conference, Menomonie, WI.
    • Berg, R., & Kirk, J. S. (August, 2013). Leveraging Recorded Mini-Lectures to Increase Student Learning. 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.
    • Holzman, N., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2013). Fabrication and Characterization of Mixed Gold and Silica Colloidal Crystals. American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
    • Kirk, J. S. (April, 2013). Nanoscience Education Through Student-Developed Serious Games. American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
    • Carlson, K. M., Hashmi, M. P., Vande Linde, A. Q., Little, A. M., & Kirk, J. S. (2012). Improving on Student-Community Learning: Strategically aligning student-learning outcomes with community needs to develop a more sustainable, intentional, and cohesive curriculum. ASQ STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.
    • Carlson, K. M., Hashmi, M. P., Vande Linde, A. Q., Little, A. M., & Kirk, J. S. (2012). Strategically aligning student-learning outcomes with community needs to develop a more sustainable, intentional, and cohesive curriculum. Workshop for ASQ STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S. (October, 2012). Nanoscience Game Design and Development for Education. 3rd Annual UW-Whitewater Nanoscience Symposium: Nanoscience Education - Training Tomorrow's Workforce, Whitewater, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S. (October, 2011). NanoFever: Nanoscience Game Design and Development as an Educational Model. 38th Annual UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting,
    • Kirk, J. S. (October, 2011). Nanoscience Game Design and Development. UW-Stout STEM Shorts,
    • Kirk, J. S. (October, 2010). Detecting Biotoxins: Building a Molecular Suitcase with Nanotechnology. UW-Whitewater Biological Sciences Colloquium,
    • Stransky, J., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2010). Colloid Filtration System. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula, MT.
    • Bondhus, B., Stransky, J., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2010). Designing a Nanoscale Filter. UW-Stout Research Day, Menomonie, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S. (January, 2010). Time Management and Proposal Development. UW-Stout Faculty Research Initiative Grant Writing Seminar, Menomonie, WI.
    • Bondhus, B., Stransky, J., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2009). Mechanical Strength of Colloidal Arrays. UW-Stout Research Day, Menomonie, WI.
    • Stransky, J., Bondhus, B., & Kirk, J. S. (April, 2009). Silica Colloid Nanofiltration System. UW-Stout Research Day, Menomonie, WI.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Pienta, N. J. (April, 2007). Using Cognitive Load Theory to Examine Word Problem Complexity. American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
    • Kirk, J. S. (March, 2007). Mixed Silica-Gold Colloid Arrays as Spectroscopic Sensors. Coe College Chemistry Seminar, Cedar Rapids, IA.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Wirth, M. J. (February, 2006). Single Molecule Probes to Study the Activity and Mechanics of δ-Opioid Receptors. Gordon Research Conference: Bioanalytical Sensors, Ventura, CA.
    • Kirk, J. S. (March, 2005). Colloidal Gold as Molecular Suitcases. Coe College Chemistry Seminar, Cedar Rapids, IA.
    • Kirk, J. S., & Bohn, P. W. (May, 2004). Colloidal Gold as Molecular Capture Devices in Microfluidic Systems. Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Seminar, Champaign, IL.
    • Kirk, J. S. (March, 2004). Gold Colloids as Carriers for Handling Mass-Limited Peptide Samples and Identification by MALDI-MS. Pittsburgh Conference and Exposition on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chicago, IL.
    • Kirk, J. S. (March, 2002). Colloidal Gold as a Molecular Capture Device for Preparative Chemistry at the Attomole Level. Pittsburgh Conference and Exposition on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, New Orleans, LA.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Murphy, K. L., Blecking, A., Gessinger, P., & Kirk, J. S. Increasing the Science Literacy of Undergraduate Students in STEM: Merging the Crosscutting Concept of Scale with Introductory Science Courses. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $353661 (Funded).
    • Havholm, K., & Kirk, J. S. Broadening the Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Success and Economic Development. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin System, $30320 (Funded).
    • Murphy, K. L., Gessinger, P., & Kirk, J. S. Science Literacy and Undergraduate Success: Incorporating Scale as a Theme in Introductory Chemistry. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $196379 (Funded).
    • Carlson, K. M., Vande Linde, A. Q., Little, A. M., Hashmi, M. P., & Kirk, J. S. Learning on a mission: Investigating the educational impact of aligning Polytechnic STEM learning outcomes to the needs of community food security stakeholders. Sponsored by NSF-TUES II Program, $590000 (Not Funded).
    • Grant, J. E., Kirk, J. S., & Ray, M. A. To prepare an NSF MRI Grant. Sponsored by UW WiSys Foundation Assistance for Extramural Grant Applications, $1500.
    • Kirk, J. S. Mixed Silica-Gold Colloidal Arrays for Spectroscopic Sensing. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Stout, $6478 (Funded).
    • Kirk, J. S., Patterson, M., & Kramschuster, A. MRI-R2: Instrument Acquisition for Advanced Nanomaterials and Characterization. Sponsored by UW-System ARRA Grant Program, $19816 (Funded).

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Journal

    • Journal of Chemical Education (September 2012 - Present)
    • Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (November 2008 - Present)

    Reviewer, Textbook

    • Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society, 7th Ed.

      Reviewed Chapter 11: Nutrition (January 2008 - May 2008)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Curious Stout Innovator, (2013)
    • Faculty of the Month, National Association of College and University Residence Halls (2010)
    • Teaching Assistant Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000)

    Fellowship

    • University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellow, (2011)
    • Roger Adams Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001)
    • Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1999)

    Scholarship

    • Trustee’s Scholarship, Coe College (2000)
    • Trustee’s Scholarship, Coe College (1999)
    • Trustee’s Scholarship, Coe College (1998)
    • Trustee’s Scholarship, Coe College (1997)
    • Trustee’s Scholarship, Coe College (1996)

Professional Memberships

  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • American Chemcal Society (ACS)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Department of Chemistry and Physics By-Laws Committee (March 2015 - Present)
    • Coordinator, Supervisor for Student Support Staff (September 2012 - Present)
    • Faculty Mentor, Peer Mentor for Tenure Track Faculty (September 2010 - Present)
    • Committee Member, General Chemistry Curriculum Committee (January 2010 - Present)
    • Coordinator, Instrumentation and Facilities Coordinator for Select Equipment (September 2009 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Personnel Committee (September 2008 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Organic Chemistry Tenure Track Search Committee (January 2013 - April 2013)
    • Committee Member, Instrumental Innovovator Staff Search Committee (September 2012 - December 2012)
    • Committee Member, Instrumental Innovovator Staff Search Committee (September 2011 - December 2011)
    • Committee Member, Instrumental Innovovator Staff Search Committee (September 2010 - December 2010)
    • Committee Member, Open Lab Policy Committee (January 2010 - April 2010)
    • Committee Member, Polymers/Materials Chemistry Tenure Track Search Committee (September 2009 - January 2010)
    • Committee Member, Instrumental Innovovator Staff Search Committee (January 2009 - April 2009)

    College

    • Committee Member, Science Departments Space Allocation Committee (September 2015 - Present)
    • Coordinator, STEM Student Projects Expo Coordinator (January 2012 - Present)
    • Committee Member, School of Science Modeling Committee (January 2015 - May 2015)
    • Coordinator, Concentration Coordinator for Appied Science Program (September 2010 - May 2014)
    • Committee Member, Dean Search Committee, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Methematics (December 2013 - April 2014)
    • Committee Chair, STEM College Associate Professor Promotion Committee (October 2013 - December 2013)
    • Committee Member, Major Instrumentation Acquisition Procedures Committee (January 2010 - April 2010)
    • Committee Member, STEM College Associate Professor Promotion Committee (October 2009 - December 2009)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Chair, Research Safety Committee (September 2015 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Creative and Original Research Experiences (CORE) Committee (January 2011 - Present)
      • Tourguide for new Jarvis Hall Science Wing and Addition (September 2009 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Research Safety Committee (February 2015 - August 2015)
      • Committee Member, All University Associate Professor Promotion Committee (December 2014 - January 2015)
      • Faculty Advisor, Chaperone for various off-campus research events on behalf of UW-Stout (March 2014)
      • Representative, Faculty Senate Executive Committee (September 2011 - May 2012)
      • Representative, Faculty Senate (September 2009 - May 2012)
      • Representative, Personnel Policies Committee (September 2009 - May 2011)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Research Initiative Grant Review Committee (October 2010 - November 2010)
      • Committee Member, ad-hoc Campus Chemical Hygeine Committee (May 2010 - July 2010)

    Professional

    • Board of Directors, Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR) (September 2013 - Present)
    • Track Organizer, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (April 2009 - Present)
    • Advisory Board Member, Chippewa Valley Technical College Engineering Technology Program Advisory Board (September 2012 - April 2015)
    • Conference Co-Organizer, 38th Annual UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting Organization Committee (June 2011 - October 2011)